Monthly Archive for July, 2011

Charles Petzold still has feelings for APL

Oh!  The goose bumps!

It starts at the end of page 4, where Charles Petzold tell’s IT World’s Bob Reselman that he once had a “hot torrid affair” with APL.   Isn’t that lovely? And just for the record, I do agree with Mr Petzold’s stance on coding and the “imaginative act”.

Thank you, “Brad”  (Who I believe is in Ohio, and perhaps a neighbour of my sister.)

Charles Petzold’s technical writing reflects the evolution of computer programming over the last 20 years, particularly in the Microsoft programming environment. He has influenced more than a generation of computer programmers.

Petzold talks about coding, computing, and his love affair with APL July 15, 201 ITWorld


Disruption 45 – Take that!

In 1997 a man by the name of Clayton M. Christensen published a book called The innovator’s dilemma: when new technologies cause great firms to fail.  This book canonized the concept of “disruptive technologies” which Christensen had cooked up to dispute the “technology mudslide hypothesis.”  If you’re up on your business  innovation theory, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

This is why being called disruptive is now a huge compliment.  Who got named as the Disruptor #45 this week by  Institutional Investor?  Our very own Simon Garland.  The article’s punch line?

The advent of higher-capacity machines promises to improve efficiency not only by handling more data but also by reducing programming complexity. But such gains are neither easy nor automatic for those who run these R&D races.

This is photo of Simon with Charlie Skelton last winter in NYC. This smile, is the ever polite and indulgent, “DO you really need to point that camera at me on the weekend?”


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